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Fallout from Saudi Oil Facility Attack

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Appraising the geopolitical and market fallout from the mysterious attack on Saudi oil facilities earlier this month.

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Middle Income Trap and the Limits of Asia-Pacific Growth

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Corruption is too often what leaves developing countries in middle income limbo. Can a dynamic Asia-Pacific avoid falling into the trap?

Saudi Arabia Oil Attack a Geopolitical Game-changer in the Middle East

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Riyadh’s evident vulnerability will lead to a search for new regional allies, and Israel is a surprising possible candidate.

Turkey’s Assertiveness in and around Cyprus: South China Sea Redux?

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Opposition to Turkey’s geopolitical power play in the Eastern Mediterranean is mounting, but there’s no sign that Ankara will be backing down anytime soon.

Spain Headed for a General Election… Again

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For those keeping track at home, this will be the fourth general election in four years.

The US Federal Reserve Steps into the Spotlight

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With an expected rate cut and a rare liquidity intervention, the US Federal Reserve has been moving markets this week.

The Baltic Republics: Burden or Blessing for NATO?

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Revisiting the strategic rationale behind NATO’s expansion into the Baltic Republics.

What’s Next After Tunisia’s “Populist Wave” Elections?

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Voters may have demanded change, but whether they get it or not is still very much up in the air.

Zimbabwe Finally Moves Out from Mugabe’s Shadow

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The passing of one of Africa’s iconic if divisive leaders marks the beginning of a new era for Zimbabwe.

Draghi’s Parting Gift: ECB Turns the Stimulus Taps Back On

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Monetary stimulus has returned to Europe, and President Trump isn’t happy about it.

Mexico’s Insular Transformation

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By singularly focusing on the domestic, AMLO’s ‘fourth transformation’ risks putting Mexican foreign policy behind by decades.

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